Barnet consults on open spaces strategy

Barnet Council’s draft Parks and Open Spaces Strategy is going out for consultation.

It was commissioned to give the council a comprehensive review of the quality of Barnet’s parks and suggests a range of opportunities available where green spaces can improve the quality of life of its residents as well as provide valuable assets that support the economic success of the borough.

Barnet has over 200 green spaces. However, the council faces the challenges of a growing population and reduced funding mean, say the council, without a rethink of how the council develops its parks and open spaces, there will be less opportunity to invest in green spaces in future.

The draft strategy looks at how the council, along with residents and volunteers, can put new structures in place for managing and developing its parks and how it can find alternative funding streams for maintaining them in the future.

At the heart of the strategy is a vision that the borough’s parks and open spaces will make Barnet stay a desirable place to live and do business, that parks improve the health of residents and that they help reduce pollution in the borough.

Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Dean Cohen, said: “Our green spaces are highly valued by our residents, and rightly so. This draft strategy not only sets out the challenges that we face to make sure that our parks are among the best in London and continue to be loved by our residents, but it also makes it clear that our green spaces should play a key role in improving the economic, social and environmental prosperity of Barnet. “

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